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On the shoreline

We humans are drawn to the shore, with some 40% of the world's population living within 100 kilometers of a coast. Coastal areas have made recent news with the arrival of several storms, concerns about rising sea levels and other environmental and conservation efforts. Collected here are a handful of photographs from around the world of people and animals at the shoreline, playing, working, struggling or relaxing on the border between land and sea. (36 photos total)

A beach-goer enjoys a day at the beach as the sun goes down over the Spanish coastal city of Marbella on September 1, 2009. The temperatures remain over 30 degrees Celsius at the southern Spanish coast. (SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)
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93 comments so far...

#36 is bernie madoff

Posted by Alan November 18, 09 12:41 PM


Posted by wojtek ptak November 18, 09 12:46 PM

great pics !!! keep up the good work :)

Posted by virginia cantu November 18, 09 12:46 PM

I wish this site were updated wait, make that twice a day!

Posted by Brennan November 18, 09 12:49 PM

nice pics!

Posted by jim November 18, 09 12:51 PM

would like to remind you that Xisha islands is disputed
And these Chinese soldiers practice to treat VNmese fisher men like dog --destroyed safe boats, robbed fish, robbed ICOM and kicked them out when the storm is still there-- when they went there to hide in a sea storm.
my two cents.

Posted by Fonk November 18, 09 12:59 PM

I saw #12 in person. That was a really neat kite. There were other ones that were really neat as well.

Posted by Ryan November 18, 09 01:01 PM

11 is creepy

Posted by Eduard November 18, 09 01:06 PM

Very nice!

Posted by Plasmastik November 18, 09 01:18 PM

Wow!! These pics are awesome!!!

Posted by J K November 18, 09 01:21 PM

We stayed at the condo shown in photo #23 for the past two years. Two years ago there was a beach in front of the railing at the front of the photo, last year the beach was gone, but there was still a small stretch of beach left on the left side of the large pavilion. Looks like that's gone now too.

Posted by Julia November 18, 09 01:27 PM

Amazing Shots, like always

Posted by Alberto November 18, 09 01:28 PM

Amazing like always - #17 is really thought provoking!

Posted by Jakob November 18, 09 01:28 PM

Thanks God !!! Thanks 4 the sea !!! nice nice pictures

Posted by Alfred ++ November 18, 09 01:30 PM

I second that motion Brennan!

Posted by Steven November 18, 09 01:42 PM

#19: "responsible pet ownership" - tee hee

#33: Yo get off my wave!

Posted by ech November 18, 09 02:05 PM

#33 is my fave. something i've always wanted to happen to me.

Posted by Tolzy November 18, 09 02:28 PM

I agree, 36 is Madoff. To bad the waves didn't take him away.

Posted by Darth Vadar November 18, 09 03:04 PM

#13 & #20 are the best, good settings for the shutter speed and exposure!

Posted by Ricardo November 18, 09 03:23 PM
Posted by Marcel November 18, 09 03:25 PM

#33 is my favorite!

Humans are drawn to the ocean because it is from the ocean that we came hundreds of millions of years ago. The ocean is in our species memory.

Posted by Jojo November 18, 09 03:39 PM

Wonderful, as always! I wish there had been pictures from the Pacific Northwest coastline; we have dramatic and beautiful stretches of coast here.

Posted by Lisa November 18, 09 03:41 PM

I love all pics and want more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Susie Lu November 18, 09 03:42 PM

Love these pictures (as I did with many others), such a fresh breath of air (literally) no war or disease in this set of pictures. The quality is superb.

Posted by Leslie November 18, 09 03:47 PM

Madoff wlrin jail on November 8th (date of picture). May be he has a twin. Hopefully the person in the picture is not being mistaken too often it would be scary.

Posted by GaemyDee November 18, 09 03:53 PM

#19: I'm somewhat baffled how strapping a dog to a board in the ocean promotes "responsible pet ownership." It somehow seems contradictory to me.

Regardless, another batch of stunning pictures.

Posted by Ben November 18, 09 03:54 PM

why is there a penguin on the coast of Turkey?

Posted by Anonymous November 18, 09 04:15 PM

Does PETA know about this ?

Posted by Howlin'Wolf November 18, 09 04:21 PM

Gorgeous pics, I need MORE MORE MORE

Posted by Julie November 18, 09 04:27 PM

excellent photos as always. #26 thats a turkish ship off cape town, south africa. not a dead penguin in turkey.

Posted by Kahlian November 18, 09 04:42 PM

LOL@ that dude trying to snake the dolphins in 33. It's clearly their wave.

Posted by jcrash November 18, 09 05:05 PM

#1 and #20... Just WOW :)

Posted by fan November 18, 09 05:21 PM

#17, this child knows global warming first hand and I can't help but wonder if she understands what is happening. Regardless these pictures are provoking and inspiring; thanks.

Posted by Zachariah November 18, 09 05:27 PM

Love number 8! The Trash the Dress phenomenon is really huge in Mexico too!

Posted by Phil Adcock November 18, 09 06:12 PM

#16 is not on the border between land and sea, but on the border between land and freshwater lake.

Posted by mc November 18, 09 07:14 PM

#1 #10 and # 17 ...I enjoy ALL the pictures here very much and I wish you can update more frequent :)

Posted by Lilly November 18, 09 07:28 PM

#30 is my city!

Posted by gustavo November 18, 09 08:30 PM

I agree with Eduard. Though not intended, I thought #11 had a creepy quality to it as well.

Posted by Jon November 18, 09 10:11 PM

good pictures!

Posted by xu han November 18, 09 10:19 PM

#20 This is why you shouldn't change your lens at the beach. Doesn't Mr. Martin know how to use the healing brush?

Posted by Matt November 18, 09 10:25 PM

All are fabulous shots, Great work.

Posted by Vijayasarathi November 18, 09 10:58 PM

Wow!!! Great shots.

Posted by Simon November 18, 09 11:22 PM

This is a wonderful compilation! Numbers 11 and 20 are my favourite!

I recently submitted one of my images, "Incoming!" for the National Geographic International Photo Contest. It was also captured on the shoreline and fits well with the theme:

And another similar image, taken from a slightly different angle, is one I call "Inspire," found here:

Posted by Eugene November 19, 09 12:26 AM

very beautiful pictures!

Posted by Anonymous November 19, 09 04:43 AM

I like this (An egret flies over the shoreline of Sakonnet Harbor in Little Compton, Rhode Island. (John Tlumacki/Boston Globe staff) #27)

Posted by philwebsupport November 19, 09 05:20 AM

Numbers 1, 2, 15, 20, 25, 31, 33 and 34 are the best!!! So amazing!

Posted by Giò November 19, 09 06:37 AM

Amazing as usual! Especially liked the one with the dolphins catching a wave :)

Posted by Marc Jacobs, Netherlands November 19, 09 07:39 AM

Charles Baudelaire said it best:

Man and the Sea

Free man, you will always cherish the sea!
The sea is your mirror; you contemplate your soul
In the infinite unrolling of its billows;
Your mind is an abyss that is no less bitter.

You like to plunge into the bosom of your image;
You embrace it with eyes and arms, and your heart
Is distracted at times from its own clamoring
By the sound of this plaint, wild and untamable.

Both of you are gloomy and reticent:
Man, no one has sounded the depths of your being;
O Sea, no person knows your most hidden riches,
So zealously do you keep your secrets!

Yet for countless ages you have fought each other
Without pity, without remorse,
So fiercely do you love carnage and death,
O eternal fighters, implacable brothers!

Posted by JWB November 19, 09 07:51 AM

Excellent job. Thank you very big

Posted by Lý Duy Kỳ November 19, 09 07:56 AM

Use a feed reader like google reader and subscribe to the feed. That way u will know when there is a new post in the big picture.

Posted by King November 19, 09 08:21 AM

I got new wallpapers,,, :-)

Posted by dONe November 19, 09 09:24 AM

Being a coastie myself, this is my favorite set yet! Especially like number 9.

Posted by Hi D November 19, 09 09:57 AM

#33 simply wonderful.

Posted by Marco November 19, 09 10:10 AM

I want to see pics from my country, Costa Rica!! We have beautiful beaches here :)

Posted by Iva CS November 19, 09 10:31 AM

I believe #27 pictures a heron, not an egret.

Posted by Jacob November 19, 09 01:42 PM


Posted by Jdog November 19, 09 01:42 PM

Terrific pics. I wonder why we abuse something so beautiful.

Posted by Ronski November 19, 09 03:46 PM

Excellent! Pic 1,2,13,25 and 33 are my favs :-)

Posted by SMB November 19, 09 05:28 PM

I LOVE living in Australia! We have such beautiful beaches :D

Posted by AussiDaz November 19, 09 05:48 PM

#17 & #27: Such beautiful pictures. You just want to hold your breath not to destroy this amazing moment.

Posted by Don--Duracell November 19, 09 05:53 PM

so very beautiful in their wondeful diversity

Posted by posted bt Dot Nov. 19, 2009 November 19, 09 08:37 PM


Posted by kantesh November 19, 09 08:44 PM

amazing pics! Thank you!

Posted by Yan November 19, 09 09:04 PM

great photography work,scanning the nature ........

Posted by Anonymous November 20, 09 12:07 AM

The captions must get more accessible for non-US residents. This BigPicture thing is obviously the best photographic news website in the world, so everyone on this planet visits here everyday. And it takes some minutes for 'aliens' like me to figure out where "Sakonnet Harbor in Little Compton, Rhode Island" is. Time, place and possibly more EXIF data are needed to be seen more clearly.

Anyway thanks for the great pictures again. #28 is now the wallpaper of my pc.

Posted by Yusuke November 20, 09 06:19 AM

#13 is 5 mins away from where i live, apparently going to be salvaged as funds ran out to try and get it afloat again. This is the 3rd time a boat has run aground in Cape Town in the past 4 years, except the rest they have been able to re-float.

Hoping it makes a nice artificial reef :) only about 300m out as well.

Posted by Gareth Wheeler November 20, 09 06:26 AM

amazing stuff, from all walks of life all around the world. Some of the captions are a bit vague though .. where is Destin, Fla (#23 the collapsed sea wall)?

Meanwhile #19 .. "while promoting responsible pet ownership" Strapping your dog to a surfboard doesn't seem like promoting responsible pet ownership to me?!

I love the power of nature in #23 (the collapsed sea wall) and #29 (the wrecked container ship).

I love the serenity in #17 (the Indonesian girl in her flooded house) and the sense of movement, skill and dexterity in #21 (soldiers exercising on the beach).

I love Boston Big Picture.

Posted by andy November 20, 09 06:27 AM

Very nice slides,thank you :)))

Posted by Alexito November 20, 09 06:31 AM

can´t pick a favorite....all perfect! thanks!

Posted by daniele November 20, 09 08:08 AM

How nice to see my mass trashing of 99 wedding dresses on 09-09-'09 here! Pity ANP only uses the 'official' photo journalist's photos and not ours... but for who wants to see more photos of this Trash The Dress event: ...enjoy! All them ladies had such fun :))) and so did we :)

Greetz, MeRy (Melanie Rijkers) & Hans van Nunen

Posted by Melanie Rijkers/MeRy November 20, 09 10:29 AM

I'm so thankful for The Big Picture. It makes my day every time I come here. Except now I really miss the ocean.

Posted by Jackee Hintz November 20, 09 10:36 AM

all these photographs they come from ready senses and mastership with camera.

Posted by gino begotti November 20, 09 12:19 PM

To answer your question Andy, Destin, FL is about 60 miles east of Pensacola, and 50 miles west of Panama City. It's a tourism driven town with lots of money.

Posted by Tyler November 20, 09 11:28 PM

#33 is just awsome!!!

Posted by othman November 21, 09 08:30 AM

#33. Why does Andrew Brooks get the photos credit? His cousin snapped the shutter.

Posted by trogdor November 23, 09 03:13 PM

#23 Kinda makes ya wonder what would happen if Ida would have been a Katrina does`nt it. We have stayed nearby in 2 condos almost identical to this one. Got to wonder if they are also damaged. The pictures are very nice. enjoyed the site.

Posted by Dr. Dolittle November 23, 09 10:42 PM

I'd like to point out that the use of Chinese name (ie Xisha) to the disputed Paracels Islands is not appropriate. Those islands are occupied territories and should be referred by their international names, doing otherwise would imply the controversial claim by the Chinese government after their illegal 1974 invasion and occupation.

Posted by Anonymous November 23, 09 10:48 PM

#35 is interesting. I had never heard of that Jewish tradition. It's interesting to me, because the Book of Mormon teaches that Israelites practiced "baptism by immersion for the remission of sins" long before New Testament times.

Posted by Yosemite1967 November 24, 09 05:42 PM

The surfing dog has my vote! Followed by # 27, the egret. Though I have to say that: all are magnificent expressions of creative genius. Well done to all involved!

Posted by emiliab November 27, 09 12:27 AM

I have looked at this site several times and I must congratulate you on your content and impartiality,, Brilliant and enlightening!

Posted by Simon Ellwood November 27, 09 06:35 PM

as always great pictures...but I beg to differ about the impartiality mentioned in comment 80. Quite a number of photos reference global warming. Given that my parents have lived on the Gulf of Mexico for decades and we have yet to see even an inch of sea level rise on the dock they share makes me wonder how can sea level rise in some parts of the world but not others? It's like saying there is more water on one side of the pool.

I do love falling asleep to the sound of the waves, makes for better dreams....

Posted by Heavy D November 28, 09 08:55 PM

Wonderful idea to post all these pictures, so we in South Africa gets to see them too!

Posted by Ansie December 4, 09 12:44 AM

#21: Xisha, Hainan is the name the communist Chinese government calls a group of islets in the South China Sea which belongs to Vietnam (the Vietnamese call Hoang Sa islands and East Sea respectively) and the Chinese took advantage of the chaos during the Vietnam war to robber in 1974 by violence from the South Vietnamese government. While the dispute is still unresolved and the communist Chinese government dares not bring it to international court and settle the dispute according to international laws, please don't call it Xisha, Hainan.

Posted by Dang Nguyen December 9, 09 05:59 AM

Bernie Madoff last one

Posted by Michael Casey December 14, 09 10:35 PM


Posted by VIVEKANANDAN P A December 16, 09 08:44 PM

good job £¡
but i need more
where i can find it £¿
can you send it to my email£¿

Posted by harry December 17, 09 10:37 AM

Excellent pictures....Sorprendentes y maravillosas fotografias. dadefranco. San José, Costa Rica.

Posted by Dan Defranco December 17, 09 11:11 AM

I continue to find these photos from very inspiring for pure enjoyment. These selections continue to provide fresh perspectives for any photographer who spends time looking through the lens. These are excellent compositions to say the least.

Posted by Paul Enns December 17, 09 08:36 PM

good to watch

Posted by victor benhur t December 18, 09 10:42 AM

superb!..nice work
i like 2,16,17,25 and 28.

Posted by wern December 25, 09 07:06 PM

great eye :) .. more plz

Posted by Jamen August 2, 10 03:16 PM

#17,#23 what would happen, if this happens in every country on this earth, whether the authorities are aware of all this, O Allah the lord of this nature, unconscious of greedy rulers, who make this earth destroyed by greed

Posted by Arye January 1, 11 11:39 AM

Superb art work...Great collection!!!

Posted by Adnan Ali March 15, 11 08:45 AM
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